Two arrested following drug search in Dearing

One Dearing man was arrested and a Coffeyville man with a previous arrest on narcotics charges was subsequently detained following a search of a home in Dearing on May 1.

Detective Chris Williams said the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department and the Coffeyville Police Department issued a search warrant for 103 Lemon in Dearing, where law enforcement found methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and cash in a motor home.

Arrested at the scene was Robert Joseph Mikel, who was transported to the Montgomery County Jail to await charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

While conducting the search warrant at 103 Lemon, a sheriff’s deputy spotted a passing motorist who was later identified as Patrick Robinson of Coffeyville. Robinson was bond from a previous narcotic arrest. The deputy attempted to stop Robinson in his vehicle; however, Robinson failed to comply with the deputy’s request, Williams said.

“Robinson was ordered out of the vehicle and was taken into custody after a short struggle with officers,” said Williams, adding that Robinson was taken to the Montgomery County Jail in Independence without further incident.

Robinson will be charged with obstruction of the an official law enforcement duty and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Citizens with information about this case or any other criminal case can call the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at (620) 330-1000 or 1-800-498-1019.

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Casey’s General Store robbed in Coffeyville


The Coffeyville Police Department is seeking two black males who robbed the Casey’s General Store at gunpoint tonight (April 29) at 102 N. Cline in Coffeyville. According to a text message from the police department, one of the men wore a red hoodie while the other wore a blue hoodie. Both had long-barrel guns and left in a two-door red car. If seen, call 911 immediately.

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Contractor inadvertently severs Coffeyville school’s power line

COFFEYVILLE — A contractor on Monday inadvertently struck a power line serving Roosevelt Middle School, causing smoke to fill the middle school building.


No injuries were reported, and all RMS teachers and staff were led out of the building to Ise Athletic Field while members of the Coffeyville Fire Department cleared the building of smoke.


Bob Roesky, fire captain, said a contractor with Cox Communication was boring a hole to install fiber optic cable when he hit the power line. That caused the power to go out in the building and the smoke to billow from the hole.


Most of the students were at lunch at the time of the incident.


Because of the damage to the power line, RMS classes were canceled on Tuesday. Students were expected to return to their regular class schedule on Wednesday; however, middle school classes are scheduled to be moved to Field Kindley High School.

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Former Havana city clerk receives supervised released

WICHITA, KAN. – A former city clerk for the city of Havana, Kan., was sentenced Wednesday to two years supervised release, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. She also was ordered to pay a total of more than $59,000 in restitution to the City of Havana, Cross Point Baptist Church and an insurance company


Diana L. Cox, age 67, of Havana pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud and one count of wire fraud. In her plea, she admitted embezzling $14,658 from the city of Havana while she was working as city clerk. On Aug. 18, 2011, she presented documents to the Arvest Bank in Caney, Kan., falsely stating that the Havana City Council had voted to change its policy to require only one signature on checks written for city business.

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Whooping cough case reported in Montgomery County

The Montgomery County Health Department is reporting a case of pertussis (whooping cough) in the county.


“It is critical that children, as well as their parents, get vaccinated for pertussis to prevent this difficult and highly contagious illness, which can be easily spread to other family members and community members,” said Montgomery County Health Department director Carolyn Muller. “This should help reduce the number of cases in children who are too young to be fully vaccinated.”

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Cherryvale man charged in federal court on child porn

WICHITA, KAN. – A Cherryvale has been charged in federal court in Wichita on two charges dealing with child pornography.


U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today (Friday) that Daniel Hosier, age 34, of Cherryvale is charged with one count of distributing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in March and July 2013 in Montgomery County.

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Wahl, Anthony to be newest faces on Caney City Council

CANEY — Ralph Anthony and Zoe Wahl were the winners in the contested city council elections in Caney on Tuesday.


Anthony garnered the most votes in the ward 2 council race. Anthony received 15 votes compared to incumbent city councilor Josh Eaton, who had 10 votes. Nick Wood received five votes.


In ward 4, Wahl was the top winner in the two-person race with 24 votes. Dwaine Hodges received 20 votes.


The two other council races were uncontested. In ward 1, incumbent councilor Nathan Byrd was re-elected to a two-year term with 10 votes. Ward 3 incumbent councilor Dan Vernon was re-elected with 11 votes.


Byrd, Anthony, Vernon and Wahl will assume the oath of office at the Caney City Council meeting next Monday, April 7.





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Southwire to close Coffeyville plant; 200 jobs affected

March 25, 2014

COFFEYVILLE — Coffeyville and Montgomery County were dealt a major blow with Tuesday’s announcement that Southwire Company will phase out its Coffeyville plant by March 2015.

Some 200 jobs will be impacted at the Coffeyville wire manufacturing center. Southwire is one of the top 20 employers in Montgomery County.
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Independent study being offered in 911 consolidation talks

(UPDATED STORY from version that was printed in the March 13th issue)


Separate city commissions  in Montgomery County on Tuesday addressed plans by the Montgomery County Commission to pursue consolidation of 911 dispatching services in the county.

And, each commission sent different messages as to how those plans should continue.

At a meeting of the Independence City Commission, commissioners recommended a pause in the consolidation plans so that an independent study could be created on the costs of consolidation and whether the existing 911 systems in Montgomery County are effective and efficient. Police chief Harry Smith said that he has mentioned a desire at previous 911 consolidation meetings to have an independent study but that he had been met “by a brick wall” each time it was suggested.

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Collision near Caney injures two Tulsa men

(Monday, March 10)


CANEY — A rear-end collision on U.S. 166 highway east of Caney on Monday afternoon injured two Tulsa, Okla., men.


The Kansas Highway Patrol said a car driven by Phillip Todd, age 38, of Tulsa, Okla., was eastbound on U.S. 166 highway on Monday afternoon when it rear ended a 2007 Kenworth semi pulling a trailer that was making a left turn on to county road 1700. The trailer carried a large excavator that was bound for the Enbridge pipeline project north of Caney.



The collision left Todd with serious injuries. He was taken to Coffeyville Regional Medical Center by ground ambulance.


A passenger in the Todd vehicle, James Clark, age 29, of Tulsa, was critically injured with major trauma to the head. He was flown by helicopter to a regional medical center for treatment of injuries.


The driver of the semi, Kevin Knaup, age 48, of Clintonville, Wis., was not injured.


All persons in the two vehicles were wearing their seat belts at the time of the collision.


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